International Women's Day, taking place annually on March 8, is an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, in addition to being a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Take a look at some of the opportunities to celebrate here in West Michigan this year.
In celebration of IWD, Amway, Corewell Health, Meijer and Inforum are presenting the 11th annual International Women's Day event, taking place March 7 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Event participants will hear from impressive speakers, including Mita Fitzjohn, a certified professional coach who partners with leaders at all levels to create winning outcomes, and Vera Jones, a motivational speaker, author, award winning television and radio broadcaster who discusses how to find purpose in the midst of adversity. The event aims to highlight the importance of mentoring, advocating for and supporting women at every step in their journey to inspire positive change.
On Wednesday, March 8, head to downtown Grand Rapids where SowHope will be hosting a community-wide event in honor of International Women's Day. Beginning at noon, attendees could expect to see a brief presentation honoring local women leaders who make a have achieved success in our community, in addition to Women's Day Awards presented to GVSU President, Philomena Mantella, and WGVU Public Radio personality, Shelley Irwin. From there, enjoy a 1-mile celebration march through Grand Rapids, beginning and ending at Rosa Parks Circle. Attendees will be able to enjoy hot cocoa and snacks at the conclusion of the event.
Put on your running shoes and see the city on March 8 with SHE RUNS Grand Rapids as they host an International Women's Day Meetup, starting at the Gazelle Sports Downtown location on Monroe Center. The Lady Legends Running Tour with Caroline Cook will discuss notable women and sites that have been integral to Grand Rapids' history! Register ahead of time, as space is limited.
In addition to these events, consider getting out to shop and support a women-owned business in the West Michigan community today and year-round.
For more inspiration from trailblazing women, revisit some of the women featured in West Michigan Woman over the years to hear their stories of resilience, drive and care for their communities.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.